A couple of years ago, while Everett was out of town on business, the girls picked up a card, some chocolate and a cute little sign. It simply said “I love that you’re my Dad”.
They do have a pretty awesome Dad. 🙂
He often makes their favorite snack. Old fashioned popped corn with a glass of chocolate milk. He fixes their bikes, and helps them learn to ride. He builds them a fire to roast marshmallows. He ensures they brush their teeth like a pro.
He also says things like….
“You are such a sweetheart.”
“That was so kind of you.”
“You are amazing!”
I love that he speaks to build their character and self-esteem along with letting them know the obvious…they are stinkin cute!!!
I was blessed with a wonderful Dad too. He encouraged me by never telling me I wasn’t good enough. I knew in his eyes I was good enough. My brothers and I also were privileged to witness on a daily basis….unconditional love. There was no doubt of his love for my Mom. They still act like they are dating. 🙂
Lately I have talked with friends and acquaintances that have not been so lucky. 🙁
Some grew up without a father.
Some had a cold and distant relationship with their Dad.
Some could never measure up to the high expectations set.
Some were even hurt by their Dad or father figure, physically or emotionally.
For some, the wounds of their heart still run deep.
Often they think there is something wrong with them because a seemingly normal life eludes them. Friends, family and relationships are complicated and unfulfilled. Yet others around are living a storybook life.
If this is you or someone you love, can I let you in on something?
You are good enough. You are better than good enough. You are incredible.
You were created to be cherished, to be loved, to be encouraged, to be believed in.
You are not to blame.
Life taught you lessons at a tender age.
Please know….you are also worth more than gold.
Your heavenly father loves you so much that the finest of jewels did not have enough value to represent your worth.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
God loves you unconditionally. He will never hurt you. He encourages you. He delights in you. He even sings over you. He is so proud of you.
Yes, even you who has made a lifetime of mistakes.
I had to learn the hard way. Although I was surrounded by love and encouragement in my life, I still had my own personal battles to fight. My quiet, shy, good girl persona caused me to turn to alcohol at a very young age. When I turned 30, a lifetime of poor choices came closing in on me and I hated myself. I thought that God despised me because I despised me.
Yet it was through that extremely difficult time that I saw for the first time how much God really loved me.
Don’t let the enemy pitch a tent and camp out in your mind!
On the days when those nagging thoughts of low self-worth creep in, consider the source.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
I promise you. God wants to fill that void in your heart. He has a listening ear.
If you find yourself in a store one day and you see a little sign that says “I love that you’re my Dad”, I hope you smile and breathe a prayer of thanks to the One who calls you daughter.
You are finer than gold, my friend….